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Japan | 22 May 2017
Japan to prune taxes in hopes of growing farm business

The Japanese government is moving to cut taxes on operators of high-tech indoor farms to encourage more businesses to enter the sector and turn "smart agriculture" into a growth industry. Under cur...


Japan | 16 May 2017
Japanese agriculture firms attract young crops

University students and other young people are showing more interest in careers in agriculture, spurred by a recent increase in agricultural corporations, where even people who are not from farming fa...


Japan | 16 May 2017
New Japanese tech makes growing vegetables possible in any environment

In a tiny room inside the Mebiol Research and Development Center, a little over an hour outside of Tokyo, baby Kos lettuce leaves are growing in a tray under magenta-coloured lights. On another shelf,...


Japan | 15 March 2017
USTR pick Lighthizer signals push to further open Japan agriculture market

Robert Lighthizer, nominee for U.S. trade representative, indicated that the United States will push Japan to further open its agriculture sector in planned bilateral negotiations. “I would list, o...


Japan | 10 March 2017
Are indoor farms the next step in the evolution of agriculture in Japan?

You’ve probably heard of farm-to-table, or even farm-to-fork, agricultural movements that emphasize the connection between producers and consumers. But what about factory farm-to-table? Spread, a g...


Japan | 8 March 2017
Is Wagyu the world's most overrated steak?

Wagyu from Japan is often held up as the best beef in the world. The meat is tender as the night. It’s so soft, steak knives are optional. Its marbled fat dissolves into a buttery flavor so rich it...


Japan | 8 March 2017
Fleets of drones could pollinate future crops in Japan

Eijiro Miyako gets emotional about the decline of honeybees. “We need pollination,” he says. “If that system is collapsed, it’s terrible.” Insects, especially bees, help pollinate both food crop...


Japan | 5 March 2017
Japan eyes tripling number of nationals working at U.N. food and agriculture body

The government plans to triple the number of Japanese working at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)to signal its engagement in providing agricultural aid to developing countries, a gover...


Japan | 6 February 2017
Japan flu scare: 71,000 chickens slaughtered

Almost 71,000 chickens have been slaughtered at a poultry farm in south-western Japan after an outbreak of bird flu. Hundreds of local officials, including 70 soldiers, started culling the chickens...


Japan | 12 December 2016
Asia digs deep to upgrade its agriculture

Consider it a wake-up call from nature. Asian crops were devastated by a severe drought this year, highlighting the urgent need to stabilise farm output and brace for the consequences of climate chang...


Japan | 8 December 2016
A new crop of farmers is revitalizing Japanese agriculture

Driving along a mountain road flanked by lush foliage in Japan's central Yamanashi Prefecture, a huge greenhouse suddenly comes into view, sparkling brilliantly in the sun. The facility may look like ...


Japan | 5 December 2016
Niigata completes culling of 540,000 birds at flu-hit poultry farms

Culling of a total of around 540,000 birds was completed at poultry farms in the central Japan prefecture of Niigata on Sunday as the nation continued to battle the outbreak of a highly virulent H5 st...


Japan | 1 December 2016
Japan culling 230,000 more birds over avian flu

Japan has mobilised its military to help with a second mass cull of 230,000 chickens amid a spreading outbreak of a highly contagious strain of avian flu, officials said. The highly virulent H5 str...


Japan | 29 November 2016
Should we bet the farm on Ag Robots?

The average age of farmers in Japan is 67, and life expectancy in the country is 83. With young Japanese moving to cities and birth rates declining, no new generation of farmers is on the horizon. But...


Japan | 1 November 2016
Why chocolate-fed wagyu is the new luxury beef

For steak lovers, some key markers of top quality beef often include the terms organic and grass-fed. But according to an Australian cattle farmer at Mayura Station, the new luxury beef is full-blood ...


Japan | 7 October 2016
Biggest robot dairy in Asia setting up Japan’s milk revival

Jin Kawaguchiya gave up a career in finance to help revive Japan’s ailing dairy industry, one robot at a time. In a country that relies increasingly on imported foods like cheese and butter, Japan’...


Japan | 5 October 2016
Biggest robot dairy in Asia setting up Japan's milk revival

Jin Kawaguchiya gave up a career in finance to help revive Japan’s ailing dairy industry -- one robot at a time. In a country that relies increasingly on imported foods like cheese and butter, Japa...


Japan | 28 September 2016
2 companies pioneering purchases of Japanese farmland

Photo album giant Nakabayashi and home remodeler Sanyo Amnak will become the first businesses to buy Japanese farmland under a new strategic zone regulation aimed at raising agricultural productivity....


Japan | 24 August 2016
Is Japan's wagyu beef bubble bound to burst?

Bad news for high-end beef lovers: Japan’s Wagyu bubble could be on the verge of bursting. Prized Wagyu calves are currently fetching wildly inflated prices, says Nikkei Asian Review, and "If sky-high...


Japan | 23 August 2016
Japan turns to foreign workers as farmers age

Japan is struggling to keep its farms running as farmers age and young people shun the work. This has opened the door for more foreign workers -- including a growing number found to be working illegal...


Japan | 11 July 2016
Japanese farmers worry about potential damage from Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

Rice farmer Takao Terada isn’t following the U.S. presidential election too closely. But there’s one issue that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton seem to agree on — that the U.S. should not ratify...


Japan | 29 June 2016
Farm minister admits taking ¥200,000 from poultry lobbyist

Agriculture minister Hiroshi Moriyama admitted Tuesday receiving ¥200,000 in cash last year from the head of an industry body while holding a key position in the Liberal Democratic Party on negotiatio...


Japan | 6 June 2016
Japan’s agricultural imports make it the world’s fourth-largest importer

Japan’s agricultural imports (nearly $60 billion in 2013) make it the world’s fourth-largest importer, after the United States, China, and the European Union (EU). Based on total calories consumed,...


Japan | 9 May 2016
Mega dairy a model for future agriculture

Agricultural production corporation DreamHill became the first corporation or individual in Hokkaido last year to ship over 20,000 tons of milk in a single year. Under the Trans-Pacific Partnership...


Japan | 25 April 2016
Robots to replace ageing Japanese farmers to preserve food security

As the average age of farmers globally creeps higher and retirement looms, Japan has a solution: robots and driverless tractors. The Group-of-Seven agriculture ministers met in Japan’s northern pre...


Japan | 21 April 2016
Radioactive wild boars wreak havoc on Japanese farmland

It’s sometimes easy to forget that seafood isn’t the only thing on the menu in Japan, an island nation surrounded by abundant waters that serve as a vital economic and cultural resource. After all...


Japan | 22 March 2016
Fukushima farmers grow plants with polyester 'soil'

Farmers in Japan's Fukushima prefecture are using polyester "soil" to grow plants, in the hope of restoring consumer confidence in their produce following the 2011 nuclear disaster. A trial run in ...


Japan | 9 February 2016
Farmland consolidation falling short of targets

The total area of farmland rented through the farmland intermediary administration institute is expected to reach 80,000 hectares by the end of fiscal 2015 — three times the level in the previous fisc...


Japan | 27 January 2016
Japan may relax its drone rules to protect crops

Japan is leery about the threat drones possess after one deposited radioactive material on the home of its Prime Minister. That doesn't mean that the country doesn't recognize their potential as w...


Japan | 26 November 2015
Japan struggles to save shrinking, aging agriculture industry

It doesn’t look like much: a few mismatched plots of farmland wedged between busy highways and commercial developments on the outskirts of this midsized city. But if Ryusuke Goto, 27, can find succ...